Happy International Women's Day!
One of my primary goals for reading growth in 2018 is to be more conscious of choosing books that celebrate diverse authors and experiences. I recently asked on Instagram for recommendations for great books by or about women of color. I wanted to compile a list to refer back to in the future when I'm in a bookstore or library and looking for a new read. I specifically asked for books by and about women because I'd like to keep my focus on the female experience -- and because I felt inspired by Rachel's year-long reading goal to read books not by white dudes. Some of the titles on this list don't belong in the own voices category (there's a few that aren't written by a woman of color) but all come highly recommended as stories that expand readers' understanding of WOC experiences across cultures and time periods.
I want to add a note here about feminism and the importance of intersectionality in promoting equal rights for women. Feminism means nothing if it is exclusive to one group of women. All women deserve equal respect, pay, status, and opportunity. All women matter. I've learned so much from other women in the #bookstagram world, and my understanding of intersectional feminism is largely thanks to those women who work to promote recognition and celebration of every woman. So once again I find myself feeling grateful for a community of readers who help me grow and become a better human.
All of the titles and authors listed below were recommended by TST readers. Many of the authors listed here have more than one title that were recommended, so if you've already read the specific title listed, you may want to check out other works by that same author! I hope you find this helpful in encouraging growth in your own reading life, and if you have recommendations to add to this list -- or a reading experience you'd like to share -- please feel free to leave a comment below!
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